Modern Automation Technologies Professional Magazine

      1 2021

#   1/2021

Railway Rolling Stock Modernization in Partnership with Schroff

The article discusses special solutions from nVent SCHROFF for compact installation of electronic equipment on railway rolling stock as part of large-scale modernization and digitalization of railway infrastructure using 5G wireless communication technology and the Industrial Internet of Things – IIoT. The article emphasizes the leading role of modular structures with a high level of electromagnetic fields shielding in ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility of equipment.

      4 2019

#   4/2019

iBase intelligent transport systems for railways

In today's world, transport infrastructure is a leader in growth and development: railways, road transport, air transport are increasingly being used. To optimize the process and avoid downtime, the transport sector requires advanced and modern technologies. In this article the topic of application of intelligent transport systems and IoT on the railway with examplesof iBase solutions is covered.

      3 2018

#   3/2018

Open system architectures for electronic train control systems

Open standards offer a lot of benefits for various automation areas. They are most strongly evident when it comes to designing reliable and safe systems, in particular, automation systems for rolling stock and railways. Using a menTCS modular platform as an example, the article shows the advantages of an approach for designing the systems for railway transport based on the preliminary certified standard blocks.

      1 2018

#   1/2018

Software package for railway track machine data analysis and control optimization

The article focuses on the software package that collects, processes, analyzes and stores information received from the controlled units of a technical facility. Also included is an example of using this software package on the Russian railway track machine RPB-01. The operation algorithms for each program of the package are discussed in detail.

      3 2017

#   3/2017

Virtualization technologies for railways

The article describes how modern computer technologies, particularly virtualization, are becoming a part of the sophisticated control systems for railway transport. The technology discussed in the article helps to improve efficiency and reliability and reduce the cost of such systems. It also significantly decreases time for developing new applications.

      4 2016

#   4/2016

Integrated automatic dispatch control system of the Yekaterinburg Metro

The article covers the special features of the arrangement of the dispatching control system at the Ekaterinburg Metro, the structure of the facilities which are controlled and monitored as well as the design principles of the integrated automatic dispatch control system.

      2 2016

#   2/2016

ICONICS-based automated dispatch control system for subway

The article describes the milestones and specific features of building a dispatch system for a facility with a large number of systems and signals to be monitored. Also discussed is the architecture of the implemented project employing GENESIS64 64-bit SCADA, Hyper Historian archive server as well as some know-how used by LIGHTON, an engineering company (Moscow) when developing this system.

      3 2015

#   3/2015

Research complex for approving the solutions for the metro

The article is about a research complex to test and approve the solutions for the metro. Also the paper shows how to use the research complex when developing a comprehensive equipment diagnostic subsystem in the automated dispatch control system. The article takes a look at the current technical requirements of the Moscow metro.

      2 2015

#   2/2015

Passenger comfort and safety – the benefits of a smart train

The article discusses the advanced technologies in the design of embedded computers for transportation. This is illustrated using an example of the flagship model of railway PC from AAEON, one of the market leaders. Particular emphasis has been placed on the engineering design philosophy of fanless cooling systems for the compact computing platforms meeting EN 50155 requirements. Besides, the article shows the variety of potential applications of the embedded computers for rail transport.

SIBAS PN railway automation system

This article covers the history, purpose and functions of the SIBAS railway automation system developed by SIEMENS AG in order to optimize the performance and communication of the distributed control on-board devices. Particular emphasis is given to the latest generation of the SIBAS PN system specifically designed for ICx high-speed trains.

      1 2015

#   1/2015

Parameter monitoring system for track maintenance machines

The article discusses an onboard system for monitoring the parameters of mechanisms used in the RPB-01 track machine. The system performs the following functions: data acquisition, processing and display, and control. The application of modern digital control techniques coupled with reliable hardware components as an element base and software helped to build a state-of-the-art parameter monitoring system for specialized rolling stock.

      2 2013

#   2/2013

Successful use of Panasonic technologies in rail flaw detection

The article addresses the vital issues regarding the control of laid rails using movable flaw detector trolleys in a severe environment. New tasks in rail inspection and requirements for modern flaw detectors are determined. Also included is a description of new approaches to build AVIKON flaw detectors based on Panasonic rugged tablet notebooks.

      3 2012

#   3/2012

Locomotive movement control system based on GLONASS/GPS

The article presents a system for precise determination of locomotive location using the GLONASS /GPS satellite navigation system developed by MDB Compas JSC within the Federal Target Program "Global Navigation Satellite System". The system can be used in the JSC RZD main railway transport as well as in the industrial railway transport facilities with their own locomotive fleet and track infrastructure.

      3 2011

#   3/2011

Integrated control system for the ports and railway transport of the industrial enterprises

The article presents an integrated train control system for the ports and railway transport of industrial enterprises. This system is designed for monitoring and control of the points/switches, traffic lights, sections of tracks, rail car retarders, yard communications system, uninterruptable power supply system and other facilities of railway stations. Also included are the architecture and structure of the system, its operation, special design features and future development considerations. The article discusses projects to upgrade and build automation systems of sidings for coal terminals in the Port of Ust-Luga (Kingisepp) and Port of Vostochny (Nakhodka).

      4 2010

#   4/2010

LOGO!-based automatic control system for the sliding gate

The article presents an automatic control system for the sliding gates at the railway transport maintenance facility. The system is based on LOGO! module and employs the remote radio control principle. Also discussed in detail is the system operation algorithm under various situations and at different inputs.

      4 2009

#   4/2009

The automatic power consumption accounting and monitoring system at the Kazakhstan railway

Article is devoted to the automatic power consumption accounting and monitoring system(ASKUE) project introduced at the western Republic Kazakhstan railways. The presentedsystem is based on hardware and software of the wellknown manufacturers Advantechand ICONICS and performs automated account, acquisition and processing of informationon power consumption.

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      4 2008

#   4/2008

Expansion of the functionality of the MPTs-MZ-F microprocessor centralization system based on the universal modular data acquisition and control systems

The article presents the MPTs-MZ-F microprocessor centralization system designed to control the facilities of the railway stations. The functions and the architecture of the system are described. The article covers the trends of the expansion of its functional capabilities based on the integration of the relatively inexpensive additional modular devices into the system. This offers the conditions for the optimization of the distribution and substantial increase in the data acquisition and control resources.

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      3 2008

#   3/2008

Implementation of the automatic control systems for the depots' lines and car-and-wheel repair shops of the Russian Railways on the automation platforms

An increase in the amount of repairs of the undercarriage of the rolling stock of the Russian Railways as well as a rise in the requirements for the efficiency, quality and reliability of the repair works have determined the relevance of development the new carandwheel repair shops and modernization of the existing ones based on the modern automatic control systems. The described automatic control system for the intermachine technological equipment of the car andwheel repair shops is implemented based on the SIMATIC S7300 controllers.

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      2 2007

#   2/2007

Unified software/hardware for electric energy consumption automatic accounting at a railway junction and network project implementation

The design of automated systems intended for electric energy consumption commercial accounting at railway junctions, power-hungry objects distributed over a vast area, is considered. Criteria for selecting unified software/ hardware are presented, and the networking principles are described.

      1 2007

#   1/2007

Complex automated system of supervisory control for the first line of Kazan underground: up-to-date solutions to standard problems

The article describes an automated system providing the functioning of Kazan metro objects - a complex automated system of supervisory control of electromechanical facilities and energy supply objects.

Application of ADAM-5000/TCP modular microcontrollers for diagnostics of Trakt complex equipment

The article describes application of ADAM-5000/TCP microcontroller in assembly-line production for diagnostics of the equipment of Trakt complex, which is used in centralized traffic control systems in railway transport. The choice of ADAM-5000/TCP is based on the fact that it meets design requirements. The hardware and software of the diagnostic complex are described.

      4 2006

#   4/2006

Automated system for controlling a bench for full-scale testing railways transport units

The article describes a system for controlling loading parameters of 12-channel electrohydraulic bench intended for full-scale testing of railway transport units. The control system is based on an industrial computer and is equipped with highly reliable devices providing a desired accuracy of measurements.

      1 2006

#   1/2006

Safety and efficiency — main features of Kazan underground traffic control system

The architecture and composition of the Kazan underground traffic control system are considered. The system is characterized by a high level of passengers safety and effectiveness in operation. The latest scientific and practical achievements in the field of automated control and underground train traffic management are implemented in this system, which serves as a sample of innovation in domestic industry.

      3 2004

#   3/2004

Automated wheel set control complex "Peleng-Avtomat"

The article reports on flaw-detection automated complex developed by the "Altek" company, St. Petersburg. The complex is designed for railway transport as a non-destructive inspection system of the railcar's wheels and shafts while any examination or lay-over are carried out.

      2 2001

#   2/2001

The Dvizhenie system: fixed hardware, central post and unified radio communications system

This article is a continuation of the article "Integrated System for Security and Automated Control of the Movement of Subway Trains", begun in СTA 4/2000.

      4 2000

#   4/2000

Automated Safety and Traffic Control System for Subway Trains

The program-technical complex providing safety and traffic control in the St.Petersburg subway is described in the article, with a focus on the microprocessor on-board computing system and other equipment that is using the majority logic to take decisions, by reduplication of channels, sensors and interface modules.

      1 1998

#   1/1998

WAGO clamps on the railroad

Dispatch control at a shunting yard

This article describes a system for dispatch control over the operations of automated machinery on the railroad.

      3 1997

#   3/1997

Automated system for controlling junctions and heavy rail car trains

The authors examine the preparation of an onboard automated system for controlling rail.

      1 1996

#   1/1996

A System for Brake Equipment Testing and Checkup

Automation of Shunting Depots